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Gayle Whiteside

6th Grade English


Welcome to Mrs. Whiteside's 6th Grade ELA Class!


I look forward to being your child's ELA teacher this year. Together, we will make sure that your child gets the best education possible.

If you don't already have Powerschool account, please make sure sure you sign up.  You can email, and they will ask you for a photo id to send them





If you haven't read your summer reading book, here are the names of the books. You only need to read one. We will complete a project on August 28 on the book you read.


*Ungifted by Gordon Korman

*Ghost by Jason Reynolds

*Unfriended by Rachel Vail

*Reformed by Justin Weinberger

*Eight Keys by Suzanne LaFleur

*Pinch Hit by Mike Lupica



Sixth Grade Bell Schedule

 8:10-9:05... 1st Period

 9:10-9:55... 2nd Period

 10:00-11:20... 3rd Period

 10:20-11:10... Lunches

                *1st Lunch: 10:20-10:44

                *2nd Lunch: 10:46-11:10

 11:25-12:10... 4th Period

 12:15-1:00... 5th Period

 1:05-1:50... 6th Period

 1:55-2:40... 7th Period

 2:45-3:30.... 8th Period

Fun websites & resources

(Please email me any others you find & would like to share with the class!)


Harry Potter Escape Room


Vocabulary trivia game that feeds the hungry 

(also has a phone app to download)


Fun weekly articles and lessons created by Scholastic


Fun resources for every subject (MDE)


Phone App: Libby, By OneDrive- 

Offers a mobile library card and access to ebooks and audio books from our local library.



I recieved my Bachelor's and Master's degree in Education from Mississippi State University.


My name is Gayle Whiteside, and as you know I am your child's language arts teacher.  I am originally from Starkville, home of the Mississippi State Bulldogs, and I actually bleed maroon and white.  I lived there for 29 years, so it is in my blood.  Having said that, I graduated in May of 1994 with my Bachelor's of Elementary Education from Mississippi State. That same year, Aug. 1994, I started teaching third grade.  The next school year I was teaching first graders as well as going back and taking night classes to get my masters.  In the summer of 1997, I received my Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Mississippi State.  I continued teaching first grade one more year after my masters, but then started teaching sixth grade in Aug. of 1998 and have been in this grade since, with the exception of when we moved here in 2002.  In August of 2002,  I taught fifth grade at Greenbrook Elementary and loved it, but my husband was the basketball coach at DCHS, and I wanted to be a part of that family.  The next year was when I came to DCMS and started teaching sixth grade again.  This is my 27th year of teaching.  This is my 19th year in Desoto County Schools.

    My husband, Shan, and I were married in July of 1997. We have 3 children together --  Lindsey is 22, Tyler is 20, and Leigh Allison is 17. Shan and I had 9 great years together, but seven of those years were marked by Shan's leukemia battle.  On March 4, 2006, Shan passed away from complications of a unrelated bone marrow transplant.  He was 34.  I will always be thankful for our school, church, and community support that we received and still receive.  

    Lindsey enjoys playing basketball and being with her friends and family.  Tyler enjoys watching sports and likes to play basketball in his free time, and Leigh Allison also likes to play basketball and likes to spend time with our family. Lindsey is a youth and outreach director at Getwell Church Hernando.  She is in a residency program at The Orchard in Tupelo, MS. Tyler is a sophomore in college at Northwest MS CC and will pursue a degree in nursing, and Leigh Allison is in 11th grade at DCHS.  I enjoy watching college football, baseball, and basketball.  When I have time for myself, I enjoy shopping, reading, and running.

    I am excited to be your child's teacher this year, and if you ever need me just email.  My email is I am looking forward to a great year in 6th grade.